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The University of Arizona Horn Studio provides outstanding opportunities for student growth and success. The University of Arizona offers bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees, plus two performance-based graduate assistantships for horn. The studio welcomes numerous guest artists and teachers annually for masterclasses and performances and owns several special instruments for student use, including a Paxman natural horn and a Yamaha triple horn.

2018-19 studio class topics included:

  • Physical set-up: improving strength and mobility
  • The mental game: how to quiet the mind and build focus for stressful performance situations
  • Connecting with deep emotions and channeling them into performance
  • Alexander Technique for Musicians with guest Luciana Gallo
  • Pedagogy topics and how to build a private teaching studio
  • Audition intensive: proven techniques for preparation and successful performance
  • Freelancing and how to market yourself as a performer
  • Beyond orchestral rep: pops concerts, sightreading, jazz rhythms, and skills for various types of music
  • Guest artists: Chris Jackson (3rd Horn, Tucson Symphony), Nathan Mitchell (Top Phoenix Freelancer), Rose French (Mill Ave Chamber Players), Peter Erb (Principal Horn, New Mexico Philharmonic)

If you are interested in studying horn at the University of Arizona, please visit the UA Horn Studio Website. The schedule for 2019-20 includes a studio trip to San Diego, mobile horn workshops, and many exciting guest artists. Stay tuned for more updates!



My teaching focuses on healthy, efficient playing techniques, mental preparation, audition success, and developing as an individual artist. I have been lucky to study with many wonderful musicians. Here is some brief information about the people who have had the most impact on me:


Richard Deane is the Acting Principal Horn of the New York Philharmonic. I studied with Richard when he played in the Atlanta Symphony. Richard has honed an amazing scientific-style approach to teaching the horn, which focuses on problem solving and developing technique. I use the skills he taught me every day, for my own playing and that of my students.



Roland Pandolfi teaches at the Oberlin Conservatory and is the former Principal Horn of the Saint Louis Symphony. His colorful personality and finesse in his horn playing are one of a kind. The best way to describe studying with Roland is to say he teaches you to play like a natural player. I am so grateful for the efficient, musical approach I gained from my time with him.



John Zirbel is the Principal Horn of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. I studied with John over the course of four years at the Aspen Music Festival. John’s intensity and passion are communicated through every note he plays. As a musician, he is lauded by everyone who hears him play, “even his missed notes are musical.” He played a pivotal role in helping me transition from student to professional.


Gus Sebring is the Associate Principal Horn of the Boston Symphony. Gus’ positivity, musicality, and open approach to learning are beloved by many in the Boston musical community. Gus was an active model of what day-to-day excellence looks like and how to pursue the highest level of professionalism.



Jamie Sommerville is the Principal Horn of the Boston Symphony. His deep, thoughtful approach to music extends much further than just playing the horn well. Jamie helped me learn how to go beyond the traditional approach to pieces and to truly dream in the language of musical expression. His memorable, sensitive, and sparkling performances remain an inspiration.